"A good way to judge whether a city has the desired level of ‘coolness’ is to look at its bookshops. If there is more than one bookshop selling books in foreign languages on an extensive range of topics, from cookery to philosophy, if one can find what one is looking for there and, furthermore, if one is allowed to stroll through the books while having a sip of coffee from the bookshop’s café, it is an ultimate plus for the intellectual outlook of the city, enticing for anyone considering moving to that city. Bookshops, with their design, their smell, their location and their staff are among the important visitor’s attractions of a city, although not many people think about bookshops as ‘places to visit.’"—From Today’s Zaman, an English-language newspaper in Turkey.
The Children’s Book, by A.S. Byatt (winner for Possession)
Summertime, by J.M. Coetzee (two-time winner: Life & Times of Michael K and Disgrace)
The Quickening Maze, by Adam Foulds
How to Paint a Dead Man, by Sarah Hall
The Wilderness, by Samantha Harvey
Me Cheeta, by James Lever
Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel
The Glass Room, by Simon Mawer
Not Untrue & Not Unkind, by Ed O’Loughlin
Heliopolis, by James Scudamore
Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin
Love and Summer, by William Trevor
The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters
"Right now, a parent somewhere is reading Harry Potter to their child for the first time," wrote Chase Hill, 23, in a New York Daily News article about his own obsession, even as an adult, with the world J.K. Rowling created. "That child will dream of a future birthday when he receives a letter in the mail from Hogwarts. To this day, around the time of the release of a new film or book, I check the mailbox hoping that my Hogwarts letter is wedged in between my phone bill, paycheck and credit card applications."